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The Great Dalmuti
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- 80-card commercial deck contains cards ranked from 12 to 1, along with two jokers
- Each card bears a number, which is not only its rank, but also tells you how many of that card exists in the deck
- A light card game where players gain status by going out first
- Seat positions change and the cards are re-dealt
- Person who first got rid of all his cards becomes The Great Dalmuti
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"The Great Dalmuti" is based on medieval class structure, which was, of course, not equitable at all. In those days there were royalty, merchants, and peasants. Similarly, in this game there is the royalty, referred to as the "Greater Dalmuti" and the "Lesser Dalmuti." There are also players representing merchants, and one player designated as the "Lesser Peon" and one designated as the "Greater Peon", i.e., the peasants.
As you might guess, being one of the royalty is great - you get to collect taxes from the peons, but being a peon stinks - you have to pay taxes to the royalty. Being a merchant is OK, but you don't get in on the whole tax collecting scene, though, at the same time you don't have to pay any taxes either.
All right, here's how the game works. This is a card game that we have played with as many as 10 people at a time, though it seems to work best with between 5 and 8 players, as indicated in the rules.
The card deck includes one-1, two-2s, three-3s, and so on up to twelve-12s. The 12s are the weakest cards in the deck, and the one is the most powerful. There are also two jester cards. These cards, if played by themselves, are weaker than a twelve, but when played with another card a jester card takes on the value of any card it is played with.
Play proceeds as follows:
1) When you get ready to play the first round the players need to be seated. This is done as each player draws a card from the deck. The player drawing the lowest numbered (and thus the most powerful card) become the Greater Dalmuti, and so on, so that the player drawing the weakest card becomes the Greater Peon.Read more ›
You sit in order of your ranking so the highest rank is the Great Dalmuti and the lowest is the 'muckracker.'
Cards are dealt out evenly among all players. You play your cards in order around the table and you can beat others by playing a higher card. Cards can be played in sets of the same kind--i.e. three 'three' cards. You cannot play different cards at the same time. Play continues until everyone passes or the Great Dalmuti card is played. At the next game you are reseated in the order that you played out your hand--i.e. if you played out your hand first you are the new Great Dalmuti, etc. down through all players with the last player being the lowest ranking player next time.
It is a fun game and we always get a good laugh at it every time we play. It is fairly easy for children to learn. You can spice it up by acting like the rank you represent or talking with an accent or wearing a funny hat.
I recommend this game!
A fun and simple trick taking game where the lower numbered card or multiple of that card wins the trick allowing the winner to start the next hand. the first player to get rid of all their cards is crowned the Great Dalmuti and the last person out is scum or in this case the Greater Peon. At the start of the next hand the Great Peon gives their best two cards to the Great Dalmuti, who in turn give the them any two cards that they want. The Lesser Dalmuti and Lesser Peon only exchange one card each.
Here's the twist, cards are numbered one through twelve with there being only one one card and twelve twelve cards. The one card is the most powerful but if the hand is two of a kind then if a player has both twos they have the highest hand unless the player with the one card also has a jester which is a wild card.
Pros: Easy game to learn and play
Extra fun when everyone changes seats and the peons get crummy chairs
Cons: A simple game to play
Once you play Tichu it will be hard to go back to this one
Final Thoughts: Just have a good time with this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic game - easy to learn. We play this on camping trips with family and friendsPublished 4 days ago by David M. Kean
I am so Glad I was able to find a copy of this game! It has amazing re-playability, and is just a down right great time!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sooo much fun! Great for groups. Our famly loved it. Want to get another as our son took it to college.Published 20 days ago by Karen Scriver
My daughter came home from school and raved about playing this game. We ordered it and have had so much fun as a family! Read morePublished 21 days ago by S. Santiago
Great Dalmuti is a great, great card game for people of all ages. It is an "empty your hand" styled game similar to UNO, but focused more on the sequence of your turns and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Lee
This is such a fun game! We love to play it with friends and family.Published 1 month ago by mortys6